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05.10.07

Shattered Dreams

If you're a parent, chances are you constantly remind your children to never drink and drive. But hearing that message may not impact them as much as seeing the dangers up close.

NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente explains how one area school is doing that. Every fifteen minutes a person is killed by a drunk driver. Today the town of Lefors demonstrated that statistic. Three teens are injured, one is dead, all at the hands of a drunk driver. Although this accident is staged, the message is heard loud and clear.

"It made me sad, my brother died and he was just a victim," says Monica Pairsh, who witnessed the staged crash.  "Seeing helped a lot, hope all schools see it and they realize this is bad to do,"says Brent Roberson, a senior at Lefors.  

"Shattered Dreams" is a program designed to give an up close educational lesson on the dangers of drinking and driving. "Turn one is all we ask,"says Michael Ray, who played the Grim Reaper. But some say even though this "fake" crash hit home for them.

Others may still continue to take the risk of getting behind the wheel while under the influence. "If they pay attention and think it could be me, it will, but it may not reach everyone out there," says Tori Meeks, who participated in the event.

"Some not all, a lot will never get the hint,"says J.D. Pairsh, who died in the mock crash. Lefors presents the program every three years to the junior high and high school students.  

Throughout the week, they have also had guest speakers and tomorrow they will have eulogies from the parents of the students in the crash.

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